An Editorial On… 35 Things I Have Learn in My 35 Years

  1. Traveling alone is one of the best things you can do in your life. The farther away and longer the trip, the better.
  2. Good toilet paper and good real butter are always worth the extra money.
  3. You do not have to please everyone. Learn to say no.
  4. Learn how to properly apologize.
  5. Which leads me to… Learn to forgive. It is not so much for the other person’s sake but for your own.
  6. Have a schedule. I know, that sounds boring. But I have come to realize that it feels good to know when things should get done. It will cut down on anxiety and stress.
  7. If you can manage it, wake up early. Like 5am or 6am early if you can manage it. You’ll be amazed how much you can get done with the extra time and helps ease you into the day. You get to eat a good breakfast, maybe work out, no rushing to get ready for work.
  8. Get at least 7 hours of sleep.
  9. Learn to manage your money and how to make it grow.
  10. Quality over quantity: food, clothes and friendships.
  11. Let go of past mistakes.
  12. Date yourself. Go out to dinner by yourself. Catch a movie. Parooze a museum. It doesn’t make you a loser. If anyone makes a comment saying so, it just says more about their insecurities than about you.
  13. Put your phone away. Turn it off or put it away for a good chunk of time so you can get some work done or to be present when hanging out with your friends.
  14. Learn to be with yourself, your thoughts, your fears, your dreams. You should love your own company.
  15. Spend time with your family. Real quality time. Learn about your family traditions and where they come from.
  16. Exercise. If you don’t have your health, you don’t really have anything.
  17. Vote. Participate in society. Make an effort to know what is happening in the world around you.
  18. Not every weekend has to be a sequel to The Hangover. It’s fun when you’re in your twenties but it starts getting boring and tiring in your thirties, * cough-cough, two-day hangovers, cough.*
  19. Learn to cook and/or bake. It’s healthy, it saves you money and it feels good to do something with your hands – chop, peel, stir, knead. Even the most simple dishes are rewarding when you make them yourself from scratch.
  20. Know that no person completes you. Only you complete you.
  21. Work in a field you love.
  22. Check-Ups! Visit your doctor and dentist yearly, otherwise they may get lonely. Or have your mother drag you there, my mom still takes me to see my dentist.
  23. Don’t take yourself too seriously. It’s important to laugh at yourself.
  24. For goodness sake, eat something hearty before drinking. And drink plenty of water before, during and after finishing off that tequila bottle. I had a refresher course on this just a couple days ago…
  25. Know how to change a tire, check the oil in your car and remember to take it in for regular service checks. It pays off in the end!
  26. Sun block + Retinol = Youthful Skin!
  27. Go back and re-read (or read for the first time!) all those books from high school and college. I know I was too immature to grasp some of the life lessons in those classic novels and every time I go back to re-read a book I learn something new making me appreciate the novel in a whole other way.
  28. Practice compassion towards others and yourself.
  29. Red Wine = 1/3 of glass, White Wine = ½ of a glass, Champagne = ¾ of a flute, Hard liquor = Just try not to drink it straight from the bottle (still working on that one!).
  30. Say please and thank you.
  31. Know who your real friends are.
  32. Do the dishes right after dinner. Otherwise they may not get done for days.
  33. Care for the environment.
  34. Writing a letter or mailing a card to someone is a sweet way to keep in touch.
  35. Timing is everything.
me (in the foreground) during my 35th birthday karaoke celebration earlier this week. as you may be able to tell, some lessons are still being fine-tuned.


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